is material. You will be almost as impatient to hear of the Parliament, as I of Florence. The Lords on Friday went upon the King's Speech ; Lord Chesterfield made a very fine speech against the Address, all levelled at the house of Hanover. Lord Cholmley, they say, answered him well. Lord Halifax2 spoke very ill, and was answered by little Lord Raymond3, who always will answer him. Your friend Lord Sandwich * affronted his Grace of G-rafton5 extremely, who was ill, and sat out of his place, by calling him to order; it was indecent in such a boy to a man of his age and rank: the blood of Fitzroy will not easily pardon it. The Court had a majority of forty-one, with some converts. On Tuesday we had the Speech; there were great differences among the party; the Jacobites, with Shippen6 and Lord Noel Somerset7 at their head, were for a division, Pulteney and the Patriots against one8; the ill-success in the House of Lords had frightened them: we had no division, but a very warm battle between Sir E. and Pulteney. . The latter made a fine speech, very personal, 2 George Montagu-Dunk (1716-1771), second Earl of Halifax; Master of the Buokhounds, 1744-^6 ; Chief-Justico in Eyre south of Trent, 1746-48; President of the Board of Trade, 1748-61; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, 1761-63; First Lord of the Admiralty, 1762 ; Secretary of State for the Northern Province, 1762-65, 1771; K.G., 1764; Lord Privy Seal, 1770 ; served in the army, and became Lieutenant-Q-eneral. He was the opponent of Wilkes on the subject of General Warrants. 3 Robert Raymond (circ. 1717-1756), second Baron Raymond. * John Montagu (1718-1792), fourth Earl of Sandwich; Lord of the Admiralty, 1744-48 ; First Lord of the Admiralty, 1748-51, 1763, 1771-82. He -was also Plenipotentiary at the Conference at Breda, and Ambassador at the Hague, 1746-48; Joint Vice-Treasurer of Ireland, 1755-63 ; Secretary of State for the Southern Province, 1763-65 ; Joint Postmaster-General, 1768-70; Secretary of State for the Northern Province, 1770-71. 6 Charles Fitzroy, second Duke of Grafton, and grandson of Charles H, was a person of considerable weight and influence at the court of George II, where he long held the post of Chamberlain of the Household. Walpole. 6 William Shippen (1672-1743), M.P. for Newton ; a parliamentary leader of the Jacobites. 7 Lord Charles Noel Somerset (1709-1756), second son of second Duke of Beaufort; succeeded his brother as fourth Duke of Beaufort, 1746. 8 Mr. Pulteney declared against dividing; observing with a witticism, that ' dividing was not the way to multiply.' Walpole.